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4. Bedroom > 51. Simulate a Sunrise

Simulate a Sunrise

Instead of getting jolted from sleep with a rude alarm, wake up gently by gradually increasing the brightness of your bedside lamp.

Some sleep research suggests that the best way to wake up in the morning is to do so slowly, with a light that gets progressively brighter, reaching full strength at the time when you want to arise. It’s said that this can even eliminate the need for an alarm; you will just naturally wake up with the simulated sunrise. If this idea appeals to you, you can use your home automation system to try it out without having to buy a special alarm clock (http://www.dreamessentials.com/a_clocks_sunrise.aspx; $110).

To set up a simulated sunrise, you use scheduled events that send gradually increasing Dim commands to your bedside lamp at regular intervals. Here’s a script that accomplishes this using XTension [Hack #17]:


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